Yesterday morning the Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival 2013 began at the Rotorua International Stadium.
More than 200 Te Arawa warriors performed a rousing powhiri (welcome).
During the next four days 41 teams compete to become the overall winner and receive the Duncan McIntyre Trophy.
Organisers expect more than 1000 visitors, including Te Arikinui Kiingi Tuhetia, the Maori King.
The competition begins today, with first performance at 8.45am.
The term kapa haka (kapa meaning ‘rank’ or ‘row’ and haka refers to a Māori dance). Kapa haka is an avenue for Maori people to express their heritage and cultural identity through song and dance.
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